Breaking: Gender discrimination and power equals sexism

I know, you might already know this, but Victoria Pynchon at Forbes is still trying to figure out which came first, gender oppression or internalized reactions to gender oppression.

via Forbes.

Which came first – discrimination against women in pay and power or women’s own failure to negotiate the pay and power we deserve? If you ask this question of most business women today, they’ll say discrimination came first.

But if they’ve been paying attention to press coverage about the social science on women and negotiation, they’re likely to blame themselves for failing to achieve as much as their male counterparts.

I’m afraid to negotiate, they’ll say. And when I donegotiate, I’m more likely to get blowback than a raise. What I’m supposed to ...

I know, you might already know this, but Victoria Pynchon at Forbes is still trying to figure out which came first, gender oppression or internalized reactions to gender oppression.

via Forbes.

Which came first – discrimination against women ...

Progressive Women’s Voices: The Takeaway

Last week, I had the privilege of being one of fifteen women selected for the second class of 2011 of Progressive Women’s Voices. PWV is a media training program run by Women’s Media Center. Now in its third year, PWV has trained Feministing’s own Jessica, Samhita, and Courtney.

I met so many outstanding women this week I feel giddy. I know it’s almost corny to say but women rock! The training was intense and inspirational but my one takeaway was if you put a diverse group of women in a room magic happens. One of the lessons we learned that I will use in every area of my life going forward is always be assertive. Women can tend to ...

Last week, I had the privilege of being one of fifteen women selected for the second class of 2011 of Progressive Women’s Voices. PWV is a media training program run by Women’s Media Center. Now ...

Jay-Z’s undercover feminism

Let me confess: I talk hella shit about Jay-Z. Not because I don’t respect his long career and enjoy his music (I genuinely do) but because it seems everyone, especially in New York, is a Jiggaman “Stan” and sometimes I like to be contrary. Folks love his swagger arrogance and egoism, and even though it gets on my nerves I can’t knock his hustle. However, Jay-Z is letting us see some of his hidden feminist stripes.

First, Jay (and even cray Kanye too) won me over with the track “New Day” from Watch The Throne in which they ponder what life will/would be like raising sons. Hearing two hip-hop heavyweights talk about their real anxieties and worries about fatherhood, and ...

Let me confess: I talk hella shit about Jay-Z. Not because I don’t respect his long career and enjoy his music (I genuinely do) but because it seems everyone, especially in New York, is a Jiggaman “Stan” ...

Jane Haubrich, intrepid and adorable 5-year-old weathercaster

There’s a lot of grim hurricane news out there today, so please take a moment to take a break from the crappy coverage, and watch Jane Haubrich, whose coverage is decidedly not crappy:

We already have a resident vlogger, but if we didn’t, I would totally ask Jane to join the Feministing crew.

h/t Andy.

There’s a lot of grim hurricane news out there today, so please take a moment to take a break from the crappy coverage, and watch Jane Haubrich, whose coverage is decidedly not crappy:

We already have ...

Men’s sheds: because blokes have feelings, too

I’m home in Sydney for a few weeks, visiting family and enjoying the crisp early spring after a long, sweaty New York summer.

Last week I opened our local paper to find an article about a plan to build and open a men’s shed in my suburb. What is a men’s shed? you’re probably asking if you’re not one of our many Australian readers. (If you are one of our many Australian readers, you might be bored by my explanation of men’s sheds, so please go watch this video of a baby wombat while I break things down for all those Feministing folks not lucky enough to live in the Land of Plenty).

A men’s shed is a space where ...

I’m home in Sydney for a few weeks, visiting family and enjoying the crisp early spring after a long, sweaty New York summer.

Last week I opened our local paper to find an article about a plan ...

“You’re a fucking slut,” and other things you should not say to a stranger on the subway

A few weeks ago, I was on my way back from a long, hard run through Manhattan. I had had a really shitty day, and while the run had been hard, I was hoping that it would send some welcome endorphins pumping through my body. I stood on the subway, sweaty but pleased with myself, with my usual cool-down music piping loudly through my headphones. As I stood there, I became aware that the man standing next to me was speaking to me.

I ignored him. I had had a long, crappy day, and I didn’t want to talk to a stranger. I wanted to stand on the subway, let the air conditioning evaporate the sweat off my skin, listen to ...

A few weeks ago, I was on my way back from a long, hard run through Manhattan. I had had a really shitty day, and while the run had been hard, I was hoping that it would ...

What We Missed

Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna says the new ultimate romance for women is not “the guy,” but “the job.”

Rev. Bonnie McDougall Olson teaches psychiatric patients how to write their own stories, and in so doing, see them as sacred.

A very interesting reflection on class and pride by Hugo Schwyzer.

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins on the Urban Green Summit last week in Denver.

Melissa Silverstein on the courage of first-time feature filmmaker Maryam Keshavarz of Circumstance.

Lady Gaga does it again.

Allison Gaudet Yarrow on Obama’s scorecard for women.

Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna says the new ultimate romance for women is not “the guy,” but “the job.”

Rev. Bonnie McDougall Olson teaches psychiatric patients how to write their own stories, and in so doing, see ...

Quick Hit: six years later, New Orleans still doesn’t have functional levees

According to Nola.com:

A new Army Corps of Engineers rating system for the nation’s levees is about to deliver a near-failing grade to New Orleans area dikes, despite the internationally acclaimed $10 billion effort to rebuild the system in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, corps officials have confirmed. Preliminary rankings obtained by The Times-Picayune show that the corps believes there’s still a significant risk of flooding from major hurricanes or river floods that are greater than the design heights of Mississippi River levees and hurricane levees on both the east and west banks. In both cases, the levees were rated Class II or “urgent (unsafe or potentially unsafe),” on a scale of I to V, with V representing normal or ...

According to Nola.com:

A new Army Corps of Engineers rating system for the nation’s levees is about to deliver a near-failing grade to New Orleans area dikes, despite the internationally acclaimed $10 billion effort to rebuild the ...

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